[CT Birds] Survival of Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Tue Dec 10 17:42:41 EST 2013

We are all dying.


Mark S. Szantyr
56 Maple Road
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut 06268

Birddog55 at charter.net
 "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then
you win." Ghandi

-----Original Message-----
From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of
Melissa Baston
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:21 PM
To: Dan Rottino
Cc: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Survival of Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Well how do we know it's not dying. The only way to tell its condition would
be to capture it, feel its keel and get a weight. I've held many skinny
birds that look healthy even up close. 

I say if its catchable catch it, bring it to a licensed rehabilitator and
let them decide. It is legal to bring it to someone that is federally

Melissa Baston

Sent by MellyB

On Dec 10, 2013, at 4:49 PM, Dan Rottino <rottino at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I did say if it was "obviously dying".  I am a dreamer too.  If its
healthy, then leave it be.  But if on the odd chance it were found near
death, then...
> It seems there is no clear line on which ones are de facto saved vs the
ones that are not.
> Dan
> On Dec 10, 2013, at 4:23 PM, kmueller at ntplx.net wrote:
>> I agree with that!
>> I keep going back to something I have always believed and constantly 
>> say, which was also reiterated by Dave Provencher the other day. "I 
>> think it is a mistake to try and interpret an animal's behavior using
human logic or human behavior patterns". Perfectly stated!
>> Just because we are cold doesn't mean the bird is! We look at the
perceived long migration route this bird has endured and will have to repeat
in reverse under harsher circumstances and our hearts sink. To us we feel it
can never be accomplished now because of the cold weather. I say, why not?
If there are poison ivy and other berries here in CT, than I assume they are
also on Long Island, and in New Jersey, and Maryland, Virginia, Carolinas,
etc! And the farther south this bird travels, the potential for bug protein
in its diet also increases! I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet!
In fact, I am not the least bit concerned!
>> Call me a dreamer......but I am not the only one! :^)
>> Keith Mueller

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